After studying politics at Auckland University, South-African born Heather du Plessis-Allan did stints at TV3 and Radio Live before nearly a decade reporting for TVNZ, including two years on Seven Sharp. She gave up her dream job as a political reporter in mid 2015 — moving back to TV3 to co-host primetime current affairs show Story, and returning to Radio Live. While on Story, an investigation into the ease of buying guns online resulted in a police raid of her home. A 2016 interview with the Herald on Sunday revealed she would be leaving Mediaworks, and she did not appear on television the next day.

Those guys are slick, man. They stage things. They make it seem there's conflict in the party when there isn't, in order to achieve an aim. They release information in order to distract you from something. That stuff is so reprehensible that calling them out on it is the rewarding part. Heather du Plessis-Allan on reporting politics, in a 9 August 2015 Stuff interview